Self-Efficacy in Sport: Research and strategies for working with athletes, teams, and coaches
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Self-Efficacy in Sport: Research and strategies for working with athletes, teams, and coaches

by Deborah Feltz, Sandra Short, Philip Sullivan, Philip J. Sullivan
     
 

Athletes, fans, coaches, and sport psychologists all know the power of self-efficacy in sport. With this new book, students, researchers, and practitioners now have a go-to reference on efficacy research packed with psychological strategies for helping athletes, teams, and coaches overcome specific weaknesses. Self-Efficacy in Sport—the first book

Overview

Athletes, fans, coaches, and sport psychologists all know the power of self-efficacy in sport. With this new book, students, researchers, and practitioners now have a go-to reference on efficacy research packed with psychological strategies for helping athletes, teams, and coaches overcome specific weaknesses. Self-Efficacy in Sport—the first book devoted entirely to this important topic—compiles over 30 years of burgeoning self-efficacy research into a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis.

Self-Efficacy in Sport is written by Dr. Deborah Feltz, who has spent more than 30 years researching the relationship between efficacy and performance in sport. The book is coauthored by two of Feltz's prominent former students who have established research careers in their own right. The book introduces theory-based and research-tested guidelines and recommendations for designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions to improve self-efficacy, yet it remains easy for readers to find research and interventions that fit their needs. An annotated bibliography allows readers to quickly and critically evaluate all the self-efficacy research cited in the book, which prevents this text from becoming simply a long literature review. Practitioners will be able to put research into practice to serve clients, and students and researchers will be challenged to think critically about the subject and chart the course for new directions in research.

The clearly organized reference breaks down self-efficacy research and implementation into three key areas: individual athletes, teams, and coaches. Part I examines the conceptual nature of efficacy beliefs and their place in sport psychology. Part II explains what is known about self-efficacy, collective efficacy, and coaching efficacy—and why they are vital in sport. Part III translates research into strategy by offering practical advice for efficacy interventions, and it summarizes current critical issues and focuses on future directions.

Self-Efficacy in Sport contains the following unique features that will engage readers in the material:

-Chapter summaries tie content together and reinforce the real-world application of concepts.

-A comprehensive annotated bibliography of influential research studies guides readers in further study and provides a background for important research.

-A chapter on future directions of study ensures readers are up to date on established topics and emerging trends.
Self-Efficacy in Sport is a must-have reference for researchers as well as students and instructors in this evolving area. Practitioners will be able to use the information, especially the direct applications, to discover research that translates into strategy.

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, PsyD (Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book describes how players, coaches, and teams can increase confidence and success (self-efficacy) in the sports in which they participate. It is based on decades of research, using Bandura's social cognitive theory as a guide to understanding self-efficacy and implementing interventions.
Purpose: According to the authors, "this book is a "go-to" reference on efficacy research. It will be of considerable value to those involved in or considering doing research in this area. It is also a 'must have' for scholar-practitioners interested in theoretically based and research-tested guidelines and recommendations for interventions."
Audience: The intended audience includes researchers and scholars-practitioners, as well as students. Dr. Feltz, professor and chair of the department of kinesiology at Michigan State University, has published extensively in the field and has spent more than 30 years studying self-efficacy and sport performance. Dr. Short is professor and chair of the Department of physical education, exercise science, and wellness at the University of North Dakota, and Dr. Sullivan is an associate professor in the department of physical education and kinesiology at Brock University in Ontario.
Features: The book begins with theoretical considerations, then moves on to a discussion of the nature of beliefs of athletes, coaches, and teams, and ends with techniques to establish and maintain efficacy beliefs. It uses Bandura's theory of efficacy (1977), rooted in social cognitive theory. The authors note that athletes define self-efficacy "as confidence and often attribute successful accomplishments to 'being confident' and unsuccessful performances to 'not having enough confidence' or to losing confidence." Self-referent beliefs make up the core agentic factor in the theory. Interesting features include an appendix with research references and an annotated bibliography with descriptions of research studies (73 pages), which represent over 30 years of research. Numerous figures/tables and case studies add clarity. However, the best parts are the techniques for enhancing efficacy for athletes, coaches, and teams, included in Part III. These ideas can be generalized to other types of performance coaching, applicable to those individuals in either the fine arts and/or dramatic arts. Obviously, anyone who suffers from social anxiety can benefit from these concepts as well.
Assessment: The benefits of this book reach well beyond just sports. The techniques are easy to learn and represent tools you will use throughout your career, presented by authors who have extensive experience in self-efficacy. I was reviewing this book during "March Madness" (the NCAA basketball tournament), which was a handy reminder of the importance of sports psychology, self-efficacy, and the need for athletes, coaches, and teams to perform at their highest level.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736059992
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
08/09/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.19(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Firmly grounded in theory, this book provides a stellar analysis of the influential role of perceived self-efficacy in athletic development and functioning. It is uniquely broad in scope, offering a masterful overview of the foundation, research, and application of self-efficacy theory in the field of athletics. Because of the scope and depth of coverage, this book is an invaluable resource for theorists and practitioners alike seeking an understanding of how beliefs of personal and collective efficacy contribute to the quality of athletic life. But it is about more than sports. The insights it provides can also serve one well in other life pursuits. This is a truly outstanding book that has the makings of a classic in the field of athletics."
Albert Bandura

"The benefits of this book reach well beyond just sports. The techniques are easy to learn and represent tools you will use throughout your career..."
-Doody's Review Service

Meet the Author

Deborah Feltz, PhD, is professor and chairperson of the department of kinesiology at Michigan State University in East Lansing. She has devoted more than 30 years to researching the relationship between self-efficacy and sport performance.

Dr. Feltz has written more than 70 publications on the topic. Her dissertation focused on self-efficacy and was published in the prestigious Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 1982. She was invited to write the first review of her research on self-confidence and sport performance for Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews in 1988. In 1986, while on sabbatical at Stanford University, she studied with Albert Bandura, who triggered her interest in the concept of team efficacy. She is an American Psychological Association fellow, former president of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and president-elect of the North American Society for the Study of Sport and Physical Activity. She earned her PhD in physical education and sport psychology from Pennsylvania State University. Her major professor was Daniel M. Landers.

Sandra Short, PhD, is a professor and chairperson of the department of physical education, exercise science, and wellness at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where she also holds an adjunct appointment in the psychology department. She is the recipient of several scholarships and awards, including the Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award and a New Faculty Scholar Award. Dr. Short is an associate editor for The Sport Psychologist, the founding coeditor for the Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, and a guest reviewer for 15 different journals. She has coauthored more than 25 peer-reviewed articles, mostly focused on efficacy beliefs and imagery. She has been the advisor to more than 25 master's degree students. She earned her PhD in the psychosocial aspects of sport and physical activity from Michigan State University.

Philip Sullivan, PhD, is associate professor in the department of physical education and kinesiology at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. He is a research fellow with the Coaching Association of Canada, coeditor of the International Journal of Coaching Science, and codirector of the Center for Healthy Development Through Sport and Physical Activity.

Dr. Sullivan has coauthored more than 25 peer-reviewed articles, most of them focusing on coaching and team efficacy. He coauthored with Dr. Feltz a chapter on applying social psychology to sport teams, which appeared in the book Applied Social Psychology. He earned a PhD with specialization in sport psychology and degrees in psychology and human kinetics. Dr. Sullivan is a certified rugby coach with 15 years of experience.

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